Friday, January 18, 2019

A4Tech KBS-29 Left Handed Natural Keyboard

All you lefties out there should check out this review of the A4Tech KBS-29 keyboard today over at OCC.

The A4Tech natural Keyboard is packaged in a sleek looking box which highlights the important features, such as the left-handed number pad and the “A” key design for a more natural typing experience. On the reverse of the box is a more expanded list of the features showing the ergonomic design that was incorporated into the KBS-29 and also the quick touch media keys for easy access. The stand out feature really is the left-handed number pad which is touted by A4Tech to be the more natural position for a keyboard layout.

LinusTechTips Got The Chinese Game Console!!

I guess you can call this a console, much in the same way you can call any small form factor PC a console.

Tesla's Letter To Employees On Layoffs

This is Elon Musk's statement on the company's decision to lay off  almost seven percent of Tesla's workforce.

As a result of the above, we unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7% (we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support) and retain only the most critical temps and contractors. Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies of scale required to manufacture the standard range (220 mile), standard interior Model 3 at $35k and still be a viable company. There isn't any other way. 


I wish this guy was MY mailman / UPS / FedEx driver.

Alphacool Eisbaer 420 CPU Liquid Cooler Review

NikKTech has the Alphacool Eisbaer 420 in-house for a little review action today. 

The Eisbaer 420 CPU Liquid Cooler is a combination of the NexXxoS ST30 full copper 420mm radiator (489x144x30mm), two 320mm PVC tubes with anti-kink springs and a single quick-release mechanism (can be used to quickly add extra components like a second radiator and/or even an GPU water block in the loop) and the same high-RPM (2600RPM) ceramic pump Alphacool has used with previous Eisbaer models which is capable of pushing up to 70 litres of liquid per hour at a height of up to 0.85 meters.

Western Digital Black SN750 SSD Reviews

Western Digital Black SN750 SSD reviews are popping up all over the place today. You can find reviews here, here and also over here for starters. Here's a quote from the LanOC review:

The new drive is called the WD Black SN750. This is also going along with a new push for the Black line to be their gaming lineup, so today I’m going to check out the new drive and see what is different and how it performs. Last years model was already fast, so it will be interesting to see if they managed to improve on that at all.  

CORSAIR Announces Sponsorship of Team Envy

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a major partnership with Team Envy, a world-renowned esports organization with teams primarily located in North America. Team Envy will be equipped with CORSAIR keyboards, mice, headsets and mouse pads as it strives to continue the Envy legacy with victories in major tournaments. Team Envy has been a staple of the FPS (first-person shooter) esports scene for nearly a decade with teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG, Paladins, Rocket League, FIFA, and Street Fighter. They are also the owner of the Overwatch League franchise Dallas Fuel.

Netflix: Has No Plans To Cut ‘Bird Box’ Scene

Good for Netflix. This was something that really happened and, it wasn't used in a gratuitous manner, it wasn't over the top and, in the grand scheme of things, was used entirely in context of the scenes in the movie.

Netflix licensed the footage of the disaster from the stock image vendor Pond 5 and used it in “Bird Box” in an early TV news montage to set up its horrific premise. The Sandra Bullock-led thriller is about monstrous entities that compel any human who sees them to quickly try to kill themselves. To survive, they don blindfolds. 

Apple's Tim Cook Calls for Stronger US Privacy Laws

Wait, isn't Apple just as guilty as Google, Facebook, etc. etc.?

We believe the Federal Trade Commission should establish a data-broker clearinghouse, requiring all data brokers to register, enabling consumers to track the transactions that have bundled and sold their data from place to place, and giving users the power to delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Multiplayer Trailer

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 new multiplayer trailer is now online for those of you interested.

Mortal Kombat 11 Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer

A new gameplay reveal trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 has dropped. It's what you expect from a Mortal Kombat game hence the age restriction on the trailer.

GIGABYTE Adds Two New AMD EPYC Compute Nodes OCP Product Lineup

GIGABYTE is excited to officially announce availability of two new AMD EPYC compute nodes to our RACKLUTION-OP product line, which is based on the Open Compute Project's (OCP) Open Rack Standards. These two new nodes, TO22-Z61 and TO22-Z62, feature dual AMD EPYC Naples processor sockets for compute nodes with high core counts and impressive memory capacity, and offer flexible storage options (all flash or mixed SATA / SAS + flash) and the availability of up to 3 additional PCIe expansion slots. Each node is designed to fit into a three bay, 2OU tray. Not only available as a standalone product, GIGABYTE can also combine and integrate these nodes into complete OCP compliant racks also available for fast and easy deployment into your data center.

AMD Selected for 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

AMD today announced that it has been selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). AMD is one of 230 companies included for their commitment to gender reporting transparency and the advancement of women in the workplace. Bloomberg’s standardized reporting framework offers public companies the opportunity to disclose information on how they promote gender equality across four separate areas – company statistics, policies, community engagement and products and services. Reporting companies that score above a globally-established threshold, based on the extent of disclosures and the achievement of best-in-class statistics and policies, are included in the GEI.

Using AI for Smarter Forest Management

Forests serve as homes for thousands of animals, and for many people they’re a source of food, water, clothing, medicine and shelter. The so-called lungs of the Earth also mitigate climate change by acting as a carbon sink. And as cities expand and competition for space increases, managing vital green spaces is becoming increasingly important. To deepen our understanding of these complex ecosystems,, a Portugal-based startup and member of the NVIDIA Inception program, is combining AI and satellite imagery. Their work allows for the monitoring of entire forests in a fraction of the time currently required.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Trailer

You can check out the new Total War: THREE KINGDOMS trailer here:

Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 16GB Review

TweakTown has taken a 16GB kit of Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 memory around the block a few times to see what it is capable of. Here's a quote from the full review:

While the standard Trident Z line and even the RGB versions of them are geared for the masses, and pricing reflects that where the Trident Z Royal is geared to the high-end users or extremists. 

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show!

CoD: Black Ops 4 Blackout Free Trial Underway

Ack! I almost missed this one! Thanks to the crew at Blue's News for the heads up!

Don't miss your chance to drop into Blackout and leave none standing—play the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode FREE for a limited time! Black Ops comes to life in a massive Battle Royale experience, combining Black Ops signature combat with fun vehicles, unique weapons, and tactical equipment on the biggest map in Call of Duty history.

Why No One Wants To Be Intel’s CEO

I find it hard to believe that no one wants to be Intel’s CEO. Hell, I'll take the job!

Intel has been scouring for potential candidates for its next chief executive officer – and taking its sweet time to do it. The ongoing search hasn’t yielded the next person to take the top job yet, but that might all change as the board has reportedly set a cut-off date for the hiring process: Intel’s Q4 earnings call on January 24.

Robot Hotel Massacres Half Its Robot Staff

Don't laugh, humans are next. ROBOTS WILL KILL US ALL!

The world’s first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they’re rubbish and annoy the guests.

New Breach Exposes 773M Emails And 21 Million Passwords

Wow, that is a lot of email addresses and passwords.

Let's start with the raw numbers because that's the headline, then I'll drill down into where it's from and what it's composed of. Collection #1 is a set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows. It's made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources. The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991

Stormforce Prism RTX 2080Ti Review

Those of you that would rather buy a system than build one, the crew at Vortez have a review of the Stormforce Prism RTX 2080Ti that may be of interest to you.

Today we present to you the Stormforce Prism RTX 2080Ti, featuring an AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, 32GB of DDR4 memory, an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti, a 512GB Western Digital NVMe SSD and ASUS Prime X399-A motherboard to hold it all together.

QuadraClicks Gaming RBT Mouse Review

Although this QuadraClicks Gaming RBT mouse is pretty goofy looking, the crew at Real Hardware Reviews seemed to like it a lot.

The new QuadraClicks Gaming RBT (Right ‘Bove Touch) Rebel Real – or ‘RBT’ for short, but usually called loving the “Rabbit” by friend and foes alike – is really not your typical PC gaming orientated mouse. Nor is it your typical Ergonomic mouse meant to reduce repetitive stress injuries. 

Cameras Are Watching You in Your AirBnB

And this is why I have never used AirBnB.

Anyway, Airbnb has re-re-re-reviewed my case, and now they agree that the cameras were not properly disclosed. Their position seems to be that the customer service representative(s) did not understand my concern, and/or they gave inaccurate information. While the reps I talked to before today repeatedly said that photo constituted disclosure, the senior person who reviewed the case says that it does not.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Trailer

Holy crap I can't wait for this movie.

Another Ghost Busters Movie Coming 2020

After that last craptastic Ghost Busters movie, I'm thinking this will go direct to digital / DVD.

GIGABYTE Z390 & C246 Motherboards Support Single Slot 32GB Memory

GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced that its Z390 and C246 motherboards now fully support 32GB Unbuffered memory per DIMM slot for up to 128GB total memory capacity on 4DIMM configurations, providing increased memory capacity for users. Additional BIOS updates will soon be rolled out to enable support for other 300 series motherboards.

Microsoft Announces Quarterly Earnings Release Date

Microsoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2019 second-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be available at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

How Neural Networks Can Read Thoughts and Restore Movement to Paralyzed Limbs

While diving into the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of North Carolina with his friends in 2010, Ian Burkhart, then a college student, sustained a devastating spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. But with a brain-computer interface powered by neural networks, he can now use his right hand to pick up objects, pour liquids and play Guitar Hero. Burkhart is the first participant in a clinical trial led by Ohio State University and Battelle, a nearby independent research and development organization.

‘Power Cop’ Looks at Intel Tech with an Eye for Efficiency

Intel Fellow Barnes Cooper is the chief architect for power management and energy efficiency in the company’s Client Computing Group. Cooper says the end goal for managing your technology’s power use is for you to be unaware it’s even happening.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cooler Master MM830 Review

Cooler Master's new MM830 MMO mouse is on the test bench at LanOC today.

A few years ago Cooler Master made a big push, slowly redoing their entire mouse lineup switching most of them over to their MM then numbers naming scheme. This also included a new exterior finish for mice like the Spawn/Xornet shaped MM520 and the Alcor shaped MM530, new sensors, and switches as well. They covered all of the main mouse shapes that you might be looking for at that time, but today they are finally jumping into the MMO mouse market.

EVGA NU Audio Review

HotHardware says the EVGA NU provides crisp, clear audio for PC enthusiasts. Need a sound card? Check it out the full review.

Unlike many sounds cards that tweak and massage source material to produce various effects, EVGA’s goal with the NU Audio card was strictly on quality and playing back source material as close to how the original creators intended, with minimal filtering. To that end, the NU Audio card is packing nothing but top-notch components, right down to its Nichicon solid-state capacitors and audio-grade resistors.

Philips 272P7VPTKEB UHD Monitor Review

The crew at OCInside have published a review of the Philips 272P7VPTKEB UHD monitor today. Hit the link to check it out.

Today we test on the Philips 272P7VPTKEB UHD monitor. The Philips Brilliance P-line IPS display offers a diagonal of 27-inches, a native 4K resolution and is primarily intended for image and video editing. Of course, we also test the gaming and multimedia features of the monitor. Whether the purchase of the monitor is worthwhile and whether it shows weaknesses, we show in the further course of the test.

World's First Tactical Gaming Monitor AORUS AD27QD Announced!

GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has launched the world’s first tactical gaming monitor, AORUS AD27QD, today. Heading into a new market, AORUS is well prepared and confident that the exclusive features on the monitor can give gamers a tactical advantage over their enemies while gaming.  AORUS AD27QD is a 27inch flat screen frameless monitor. It uses an IPS panel with QHD (2560x1440, 2K) resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate in 1ms (MPRT) response time. Not only is the view angle up to 178 degrees, it also meets 95% DCI-P3 standards along with 10bits color, so the monitor can provide users astonishingly beautiful pictures. On top of that, the monitor has passed VESA certified DisplayHDR 400 standards which gives users spectacular display quality; With AMD Radeon FreeSync​™ technology, the monitor can provide the most fluent gaming experience to let you enjoy your gaming without picture stripping.

AMD Surprises At CES 2019

The folks at Forbes seem mighty impressed with what AMD had on display at CES 2019. Personally, I can't wait to get my hands on a Radeon VII to see what it can do.

In my opinion, the big jaw-dropper from the conference was the unveiling of AMD’s new Radeon VII graphics card, marking the company’s re-entry into the consumer performance space after a 5 year hiatus. It calls Radeon VII “the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU,” though I believe it will also do best in the creative space.

YouTube Bans Dangerous Challenges

YouTube bans dangerous challenges...unless you are PewDiePie, one of the Paul brothers, etc. because, let's face it, if you are making the company money, they don't give a crap what you do.

YouTube already frowns on challenges and pranks that put people at risk, but it's making that policy more explicit in light of the recent rise of Bird Box-inspired dares. The service has updated its guidelines to directly ban all challenges and pranks that are dangerous or harmful, including activities that cause "severe emotional distress" for kids or make any target think they're in "serious physical danger."

Microsoft Removes Carlton, Floss Dances From Forza Horizon 4

With all the lawsuits piling up over these emotes, it's no surprise Microsoft has decided to pull them.

The Carlton and Floss dance emotes are no longer available in Forza Horizon 4 following changes made to the game as part of today’s big Series 5 update. Although publisher Microsoft won’t say why it removed the emotes, both dances are the subjects of lawsuits against publisher Epic Games for using them in the mega-popular game Fortnite.

Intel Core i9-9990XE: Up To 5GHz, Auction Only

This doesn't make any sense at all. Sure, I can see an OEM only CPU but selling them through a closed online auction? Wait? What? Why?!?!

AnandTech has seen documents and supporting information from multiple sources that show that Intel is planning to release a new high-end desktop processor, the Core i9-9990XE. These documents show that the processors will not be sold at retail; rather they will only be sold to system integrators, and then only through a closed online auction. 

This Is Your Office on AI: UiPath’s Robotic Process Automation Software

AI can now help you get a leg up on tedious office work. Just ask Param Kahlon, who is developing teams of bots that can make life easier in the workplace. Kahlon is chief product officer at UiPath, a pioneer in robotic process automation (RPA) software, which helps humans work with machines to automate aging software workflows.

Tasks like processing invoices, payroll and insurance claims can gobble up massive back office hours for employees jumping between spreadsheets, databases and email. Now, AI-powered software bots can open these applications and handle it all. UiPath is growing in popularity among finance and accounting, accounts payable, claims processing, healthcare payer and contact center departments.

Fortnite Login Vulnerability Discovered

It's a good thing that these guys found the vulnerability instead of a bunch of crooks.

In the last few weeks, however, Check Point Research discovered multiple vulnerabilities in Epic Games’ online platform that could have allowed a threat actor to take over the account of any game player, view their personal account information, purchase V-bucks, Fortnite’s virtual in-game currency and eavesdrop on and record players’ in-game chatter and background home conversations.

Walgreens And Microsoft Establish Strategic Partnership

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Microsoft Corp. have joined forces to develop new health care delivery models, technology and retail innovations to advance and improve the future of health care. The companies will combine the power of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud and AI platform, health care investments, and new retail solutions with WBA’s customer reach, convenient locations, outpatient health care services and industry expertise to make health care delivery more personal, affordable and accessible for people around the world.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MSI Breaks the DDR4 World Record at 5608 MHz

Years after year, MSI dominates the memory frequency record to show the strength on overclocking performance. Just in the beginning of 2019, MSI’s in-house overclocker, Toppc, pushes the DDR4 speeds to 5.6GHz, setting another barrier using Kingston memory and the MSI Z390I GAMING EDGE AC motherboard by liquid nitrogen cooling. Undoubtedly, this is a revolutionary breakthrough for the Intel 9th generation processors for the first time. This world record not only shows MSI’s dominant position on performance for Intel 9th generation processors by using MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC and MSI’s unique and patented DDR4 Boost technology, but also reveals team-up power with Kingston DDR4 memory. 

Netflix Raised Prices And The Stock Soared

Ugh...another price hike. It seems like just yesterday that Netflix was $7.99.

Netflix is raising its prices again, and the news sent the company's stock up 6.5 percent Tuesday. Netflix's cheapest basic plan will cost $9, up from $8; its most popular HD standard plan will cost $13, up from $11; and its 4K premium plan will cost $16, up from $14.

EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming Review

EVGA's RTX 2070 XC Gaming video card is on the test bench at LanOC today.
I wanted to get a closer look so EVGA sent over their RTX 2070 XC Gaming. The XC Gaming isn’t their fastest RTX 2070, but it does have the same overclock that the Founders Edition card and it sells for less. So I was really curious to see how it performed and to see if it might be worth spending some of that valuable post-Christmas or tax time money. 

500 Giant Food Stores Begin Robot Rollout

The robot take over has begun.

Named “Marty,” the robots are being used to flag hazards — such as liquid, powder and bulk food-item spills — and report when corrective action is needed. RBS said the robots help stores reduce the risk caused by such spills, freeing up store associates to spend more time serving customers.

Spider-Man: Far From Home | Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home is out.

The 13 Coolest Things We Saw at CES This Year

Leave it to Gizmodo to come up with an awful list like this. Foldable phone? Tons of issues. Impossible Burger...gross for anyone that has ever tasted real beef. Indestructible pantyhose?  Really? Smart vibrators? Ewwww. Seriously...they said these things were AMAZING.

Several people on the ground at CES in Las Vegas told me that it was down year. I’d argue that it was just plain boring. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some neat gadgets in the mix. In fact, a baker’s dozen of them were just plain amazing.

The Coolest Hard Drive Tech In 20 Years

This is pretty damn cool. I want to see how this drive performs once it is launched.

Vigilantes vs. Fallout 76 Dupers

It looks as though a little vigilante justice is getting out of hand in Fallout 76. As always, thanks to Blue's News for the heads up.

Unfortunately, the counter-actions against dupers has gone too far, with players attacking innocent targets based on even slightly suspicious criteria. One player shared a story of getting to share the game with his girlfriend, only to have vigilantes level her CAMP. Other users have reported having concerned anti-dupers approach them and demand they display their inventory to prove they aren’t carrying a suspicious amount of duped items under threat of griefing. 

Battlefield V Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes Trailer

The new trailer for the upcoming Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes Battlefield V update has dropped. Here's what you can expect:

Apple Reportedly Replaced 11M iPhone Batteries After Slowdown Debacle

Damn, that's a lot of batteries.

According to Daring Fireball, citing Apple CEO Tim Cook at a January 3 hands-on meeting of Apple employees, the 11 million figure is nearly 10 times the standard rate of battery replacements.

ADATA SX8200 Pro 256GB NVMe SSD Review

Those of you in the market for a new NVMe SSD  should read this review of the ADATA SX8200 Pro. This quote says it all:

After pure performance and don't need much capacity? Check out our review on the ADATA SX8200 Pro 256GB NVMe SSD.

Response to Micron’s Intent to Purchase Intel’s Interest in Joint IMFT Venture

As Intel stated in October, when Micron announced its intention to do this, there is no near-term change to Intel’s plans in the coming quarters. The close of the call is at Intel’s discretion for up to one year as of today. This was expected and has been part of Intel’s planning for some time. Intel has manufacturing options available and has been shipping a broad portfolio of Intel® Optane™ technology products for more than a year. Intel will continue to expand its product line and lead the industry with this exciting new technology.

Intel Studios’ Volumetric Video Gives ‘Grease’ New Life

At CES 2019, Randal Kleiser, director of the iconic 1978 movie “Grease,” and Diego Prilusky, Intel Studios’ general manager, revealed a teaser and first look at an immersive experience by Intel and Paramount Pictures celebrating the film’s 40th anniversary.

Monday, January 14, 2019

AMD Radeon VII Will Ship Without Double-Precision

According to the folks at Tom's Hardware the upcoming AMD Radeon VII will ship without double-precision floating-point.

AMD's soon-to-be-released Radeon VII graphics card will come with FP64 (double-precision floating-point) disabled, Sasa Marinkovic, Director of Product Marketing at AMD, confirmed to Techgage in a report this week.

HyperX FURY RGB 480GB SSD Review

If you are into all things RGB, this review of the HyperX FURY RGB should be right up your alley.

With full support for every RGB Sync technology featured in mainboards today, superior build quality and endurance and good overall performance the new FURY RGB by HyperX could be the 2.5-inch SSD to pair with your brand new RGB hardware components and peripherals.

Activision CFO Gets $15M Bonus

Holy moly that's quite the chunk of change considering the company is supposed to be cutting  costs.

Less than a month after it was reported that Activision had told Blizzard to cut costs, it is paying its new chief financial officer a signing bonus worth $15 million (distributed as $3.75 million in cash and $11.3 million in restricted stock tied to performance targets, according to Bloomberg). That's on top of a $900,000 salary.

10 Ways 5G Will Change Daily Life

If you are like me, you are still waiting for 3G and 4G to change my daily life.

Everyone knows 5G is about blistering fast download speeds – and we also now know that 30 5G devices (mostly phones) are coming in 2019  – but what else will it do? Here's what we learned during an eventful week at CES 2019.

What Happened To This Kickstarter?

Damn, wasn't this supposed to be done over 5 years ago?

Over 4,000 backers pledged over $121,227 to help fund the project – including five super backers who pledged $1,500 each. The problem is, the Northerner isn’t finished yet and many of the people I spoke to who backed it are worried it never will be. 

The PROBLEM with the Foldable Phone

I'm not too sure about foldable phones. What do you guys think?

CES 2019: Everything From This Year's Show

Be sure you guys check out Tom's Hardware's coverage of CES 2019.

CES 2019 is officially behind us. It can be hard to keep track of everything revealed at the show--even if you're only counting the stuff we covered here at Tom's Hardware--especially with more stories being published every single day. So we thought we'd take a moment this weekend to collect everything we published from the world's largest electronics show in a single wrap-up post to make it easier for you to catch up on anything you missed.

Our Seattle Forecast: Cloudy, with a 100% Chance of Robotics Innovation

Rain, Mount Rainier and, now, robots. The Seattle landscape is getting another feature with the opening of our AI Robotics Research Lab. Leading the facility is Dieter Fox, senior director of robotics research at NVIDIA and professor at the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering.

The lab opened in November with 14 researchers and expects to triple in size by midyear, including visiting faculty and interns. Fox is a leading researcher in robotics and AI. His current research is in interactive manipulation, where robots, called “cobots,” can perform complex tasks and work alongside humans.

Viva Las Vegas! We’re Leaving CES 2019 Laden with Awards

You know you’re leaving Las Vegas on the right note when your suitcases are stuffed with loot. We and our partners got plenty of the shiny stuff this week at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, winning more than a dozen awards for everything from our new Big Format Gaming Display to sophisticated thin-and-light Max-Q design notebooks powered by our GeForce RTX GPUs. The awards mirror the story we brought with us to CES: we’re transforming gaming, television and transportation, and bringing modern AI — powered by GPUs — to cars, homes and the cloud.

NVIDIA and Partners Make Self-Driving Dreams a Reality

Road-ready advanced autopilot systems, intelligent cockpits and highly accurate map localization platforms wowed the crowds this week at CES in Las Vegas. At the core of each of these cutting-edge technologies is the high-performance, energy-efficient compute of NVIDIA DRIVE. To kick off the show, ZF and Continental announced premium, Level 2+ automated driving systems using the just-launched NVIDIA DRIVE AutoPilot. The global suppliers are leveraging AutoPilot to deliver an AI-powered automated driving solution going into production next year.

Ten Years of Intel at NRF

Ten years ago, Intel formed the Retail Solutions Division at an opportune moment – the industry was ripe for disruption. At the time, the average store could barely make use of the information at its disposal. Because systems couldn’t talk to each other, nothing happened in real time. Retailers were giving up billions of dollars due to poor inventory management. And with little in the way of shopper analytics, they couldn’t easily understand their customer or personalize their in-store experience. In many, if not most, cases, shoppers walked into the store better equipped with both information and technology than the sales associates who were supposed to be helping them.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Investors Investigating Whether Activision / Bungie Split Involves Securities Fraud

And the plot thickens...

Apparently some investors got their hackles up over the split and moved to investigate it as a class action. “The investigation concerns whether Activision and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices,” says the attorneys’ press release.

SpaceX To Lay Off 10% Of Its Workforce

It looks like Elon Musk is making SpaceX "leaner" and meaner to the tune of roughly 600 employees.

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the Hawthorne-based company said in a statement. “Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”

AMD Sues Mediatek Over GPU and APU Patent Infringement

Tom's Hardware is reporting that AMD has filed suit against Mediatek over GPU and APU patent infringement.

AMD has reportedly sued MediaTek for allegedly violating several patents. MediaTek stands accused of using technologies covered by those patents, which are related to AMD's accelerated processor units (APUs) and GPUs, in products ranging from television sets to unidentified "smart devices."

be quiet! Announces New Products At CES

Once more be quiet! visited the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and brought some silence into America’s Playground. The first example for that is the Dark Base 700 White Edition, which houses the world-famous technical excellency of its already available sibling in a beautiful new white case – which included a matching interior and temper glass side window. This edition will be limited to 3000 pieces and available in February 2019.

CES 2019: In Pictures

The folks at Engadget have posted a handful of pics from CES 2019 for your viewing pleasure.

Fortnite Streamer's Friend Gives Him $75,000 Donation

Ugh, please don't let this be some sort of cruel prank.

“At first I thought my moderator ‘IEsh’ was messing with me,” he told Kotaku today via DM. “He sometimes would test $100 donations through Streamlabs just to set the alert off and startle me, so at first it was [like] ‘Oh, this must be a joke.’ Then I checked my PayPal and saw $72,000 on hold and then kind of just examined everything about it for a bit—trying to make sure it was real money. It cleared 24 hours after he donated.”

Saturday, January 12, 2019

'Fortnite' And The Collapse Of Parenting

I'm not sure you can blame Fortnite because you have to call 9-1-1 to get your kid out of bed in the morning to go to school.

When I speak to parents’ groups about kids who are addicted to Fortnite and other video games, I tell them that it is the parents’ job to limit, govern and guide their kids’ use of video games -- to help their kids develop good habits instead of bad habits. 

FTC: You Pay Too Much For Smartphones

Tell us something we don't know.

In court Friday, Apple executive Tony Blevins accused the chipmaker of strong-arm tactics. Blevins said that during negotiations in 2013, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon told him: "I'm your only choice, and I know Apple can afford to pay it.”

ThunderX3 UC5 HEX RGB Gaming Chair Review

The folks at NikKTech have the ThunderX3 UC5 HEX RGB chair on the test bench today. If you are into RGB-everything, this might be the gaming chair for you.

RGB illumination via the HEX module is also very limited so we don’t expect many consumers to consider getting the UC5 HEX by ThunderX3 because of that (an RGB LED strip mounted at the rear of the backrest – perhaps sync compatible – would look a lot better and would make a far better addition). Of course thanks to its design and large size the UC5 HEX is still a good choice for gamers looking to get a comfortable gaming chair that really stands out from the crowd.

When VR Gets Too Real

And the Darwin Award for VR player with a hand grenade goes to....

Lawsuit Alleges Secret $12M Randy Pitchford Bonus

I feel bad for Randy Pitchford, the guy just can't seem to catch a break.

Gearbox will be filing a grievance with the State Bar of Texas against our former general counsel Wade for disciplinary proceedings for filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue. The lawyer’s rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of documents that are knowingly false.